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Occupational Therapy

Catherine Y. Gordon, Associate Professor and Chair

The curriculum in occupational therapy is designed to provide a strong foundation in the liberal arts, sciences, and humanities, to offer a comprehensive and rigorous professional education, and to develop the attitudes and skills for lifelong learning and leadership. Academic instruction is complemented with clinical fieldwork experiences including 32 weeks of full-time clinical affiliations. Students are provided with a strong general education and the opportunity to explore special interests in academic, clinical, and research arenas.

The occupational therapy program is a developing program and, as required, has applied for accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).8 Once accreditation of the program has been obtained, its graduates will be able to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an occupational therapist, registered (OTR).
In New York and most other states, a professional license is also required for practice, but the NBCOT examination serves as the licensing exam in most states. Students are, however, required to apply separately for licensure and certification upon graduation.
The program is five years in length and leads to a master of science degree in occupational therapy. Students in this program receive a bachelor of science degree in occupational science at the completion of four years of study. They are not eligible for licensure or certification, however, unless they complete the fifth year. The masters degree program is further described in the Ithaca College graduate catalog.
This is a freshman-entry program, but, if space is available, transfer students may be accepted as described on p. 225. The 10-week summer program following the sophomore year is conducted at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, New York. The fifth year of study consists of two academic semesters and two summers, including three full-time clinical fieldwork experiences completed at sites throughout the country. Travel and housing arrangements for fieldwork and the fifth year are the responsibility of the student.
Special Academic Status Policy for Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy Majors
Students in occupational science and occupational therapy must obtain a grade of at least C- in all professional courses, including major courses and required courses outside the major.

Successful completion of all prerequisite course work for the first two years is required for admission to the summer semester, and progression through the program for the last three years depends on successful completion (C- or better) of all courses in each sequential semester. A student who fails to complete a required course with a grade of C- or better must repeat the course. Refer to p. 106 for the College policy on repeating a course. Since professional courses are offered once per year and are specifically sequenced, course failure may result in the delay of fieldwork and graduation.

To be eligible for automatic progression into the master of science program in occupational therapy (fifth year), students must have completed the B.S. program in occupational science with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or better. Students with a GPA of less than 3.00 but equal to or more than 2.70 will be required to pass a comprehensive examination for advancement to the graduate year. Students must complete all related course work and be authorized by the faculty before taking clinical fieldwork courses. Students must earn satisfactory ratings in all courses and fieldwork before the M.S. degree will be awarded and the student can be eligible for certification and licensure. All level II (graduate) fieldwork must be completed within 24 months of completion of the academic portion of the program.

Academic Warning, Suspension, and Dismissal
A student who fails to meet any of the minimum requirements stated above may be placed on academic warning, suspended, or dismissed from the program. See also College policies on academic warning, suspension and dismissal, p. 109. Students who have been placed on academic warning or suspension will be expected to meet department standards for all subsequent semesters.

A student who is subject to dismissal from the program may, under extenuating circumstances, be granted a suspension from the program. If the student demonstrates an academic deficiency that is more severe than normal in warning situations, that student may be suspended from the program.

To be eligible for readmission to the program the student may have to fulfill certain conditions, such as remedial course work or clinical assignments prescribed by the faculty at the time of suspension. For students in the final year, readmission may be contingent on the availability of space in succeeding classes.

Students whose academic performance indicates little likelihood of their attaining minimum program or professional standards will be subject to dismissal from the program in the following cases:

  1. 1. A freshman or sophomore on warning for the previous semester, or a junior or senior who has been on warning for any semester who receives less than a C- in any major or required course, or fails to remove an incomplete grade in the specified period of time
  2. 2. A student who receives less than a C- in two or more courses in the same block or semester
  3. 3. A freshman or sophomore on departmental warning who fails to complete at least 12 credits in a semester with a C- or better, or a junior or senior who fails to complete the minimum number of hours to progress to the next semester
  4. 4. An occupational science major who has less than a 2.70 cumulative GPA at the completion of the spring semester of the sophomore year
  5. 5. An occupational therapy (graduate) student who earns more than 6 credits of C (C+, C, C-) or more than 3 credits of F
  6. 6. A student who fails two or more clinical fieldwork experiences or practicums
  7. 7. An occupational therapy (graduate) student who fails to complete level II fieldwork (672-60000, 672-69000, 672-69500) within 24 months of completing all other (didactic) course work
  8. 8. A student who significantly violates the professional code of ethics published in the Occupational Therapy Department Student Manual

In an exceptional case, a student who has been dismissed may be readmitted to the program upon satisfaction of conditions determined by the department faculty.

Dismissal from the occupational therapy program does not always mean dismissal from Ithaca College. In some cases students may be eligible to pursue other Ithaca College majors.

Specifics with regard to these policies and the appeals procedures are available in the department office.

Housing and Travel for Clinical Fieldwork
Clinical fieldwork is an essential part of professional training. Students are assigned to fieldwork sites locally, near their homes, and at locations around the United States. Students can expect that at least some of their placements will be at a distance. Students are responsible for making their own housing and travel arrangements during clinical fieldwork experiences. Assistance in securing housing during affiliations is available from the department office. For more information on student expenses for the final year, see p. 44 of this catalog.

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B.S. in Occupational Science
Note: This degree does not provide eligibility for certification or licensure in occupational therapy. It is awarded after four years of study in the five year B.S./M.S. program in occupational science/occupational therapy.

Curriculum
Major department requirements Credits

672-10100

Introduction to Occupational Therapy

1

672-20100

Human Development I

2

672-20200

Human Development II

2

672-30000

Professional Concepts I

2

672-31000

Kinesiology

3

672-32000

Clinical Psychiatry in Occupational Therapy

2

672-33000

Occupations I

3

672-33100

Occupations II

3

672-34000

Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics

4

672-35000

Practicum in Pediatric Occupational Therapy

4

672-37000

Clinical Pediatrics in Occupational Therapy

2

672-37500

Clinical Orthopedics in Occupational Therapy

2

672-41000

Neuroscience

3

672-42000

Professional Concepts II

2

672-43200

Occupations III

3

672-44000

Occupational Therapy with Adults

4

672-45000

Practicum in Adult Occupational Therapy

4

672-47000

Clinical Medicine in Occupational Therapy

3

672-48000

Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics

2

672-49000

Practicum in Geriatric Occupational Therapy

2

672-49500

Research Seminar

1

 

Total, required within department

54

Required courses outside the department

303-11900

Fundamentals of Biology

4

303-12000

Fundamentals of Biology

4

303-20600

Primary Human Anatomy

3

303-30700

Basic Human Physiology

4

304-11100

General Chemistry

3

312-11000

Introduction to Computers and Information Systems

3

314-23000

Medical Ethics

3

315-10100

Physics I

4

330-10300

General Psychology

3

330-32100

Abnormal Psychology

3

331-30900

Group Counseling

3

339-10400

Cultural Anthropology

3

640-20500

Critical Health Issues

3

640-30100

Managing Health Care Services I

2

640-30200

Managing Health Care Services II

2

670-31000

Human Anatomy

6

670-39000

Biostatistics

3

377-31200

Professional Writing

3

 

Total, required outside department

59

Electives outside of major department

Mathematics (313-xxxxx, excluding 313-10000, 313-15000-313-15300, 313-15500, 313-18000, 313-24300, 313-24400, 313-25100)

3

Communications (319-11000, 319-11500, 319-14000, 319-14900, 319-21800 or 319-225-319-10800)

3

Sociology (331-10100 or 331-10200)

3

Writing (377-10600 or 377-10700)

3

Communications (221-xxxxx, 222-xxxxx, 225-xxxxx)

 

Fine Arts (FA)

 

Humanities (HU)

 

Music (551-xxxxx, 553-xxxxx-555-xxxxx, 557-xxxxx, 558-xxxxx)

 

Natural Science (NS)

 

Social Science (SS)

9

A maximum of 3 of these LA elective credits may be taken from the School of HS&HP (LA) electives listed below.

3 credits from the following:

620-10900

Sign Language I - NLA (3)

 

620-15000

Introduction to Communication Disorders - LA (3)

 

640-10000

Introduction to the Vocabulary of Medicine - NLA (1)

 

640-10100

Introduction to Gerontology - LA (3)

 

640-10200

Medical Terminology - NLA (3)

 

640-12900

Introduction to Global Studies - LA (3)

 

640-21000

Issues in Health Services Administration - NLA (3)

 

640-25000

International Health Issues - LA (3)

 

640-31900

Aging Policies and Procedures - LA (3)

 

660-10300

Physical Education, Exercise, and Sport: Foundations and Careers - NLA (2)

 

660-15500

Motor Skill Development - NLA (3)

 

660-20300

Adapted Physical Education and Sport - NLA (3)

 

660-31300

Teaching Wellness - NLA (1)

 

660-36900

Adapted Aquatics - NLA (1)

 

661-10100

Leisure and Society - LA (3)

 

661-10300

Challenge of Recreation and Leisure - LA (3)

 

661-10400

New Games - NLA (1)

 

661-10500

Leadership - NLA (3)

 

661-12500

Introduction to Special Populations - LA (3)

 

661-21000

Recreational Dance - NLA (1)

 

661-21500

Youth at Risk - LA (3)

 

661-23300

Introduction to Therapeutic Recreation - NLA (3)

 

661-23800

Leisure and Aging - LA (3)

 

661-25100

Foundations of Outdoor Adventure Pursuits - NLA (3)

 

661-46000

Seminar: Health Care Terms - NLA (3)

 

662-10500

Healthy Choices - LA (1)

 

662-11300

Personal Health - LA (3)

 

662-12200

Emergency Health Care - NLA (3)

 

662-15200

Introduction to Health Education - NLA (3)

 

662-20200

Human Nutrition - LA (3)

 

662-21300

Wellness for Life - LA (3)

 

662-22500

Alcohol and Alcoholism - LA (3)

 

662-22700

Stress: Its Nature and Management - LA (3)

 

662-22800

Human Sexuality - LA (3)

 

662-22900

Disease and Life Style - LA (3)

 

662-24000

Health Promotion and the Elderly - LA (3)

 

663-14800

Introduction to Fitness - NLA (1)

 

663-29500

Social Aspects of Sport - LA (3)

 

663-29600

Psychology of Sport - LA (3)

 

663-29700

Sport: Philosophical Perspectives - LA (3)

 

663-29800

Gender Issues in Sport - LA (3)

 

663-33900

Neuromuscular Control - LA (3)

 

670-20200

Rehabilitation for Older Adults - NLA (3)

3

 

Total, electives outside department

24

 

Total, B.S. in occupational science

137

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M.S. in Occupational Therapy
The five year curriculum is designed to provide depth and breadth for students' professional development, liberal arts education, and analytical skills. Full-time clinical fieldwork placements, a total of 32 weeks, are located throughout the country, and take place in the summer preceding and the late spring and summer following the graduate year.

Graduation Requirements

  1. 1. Bachelor of science program in occupational science at Ithaca College.
  2. 2. The required courses listed below.
  3. 3. A research project or a thesis that includes a proposal, data collection or library research, analysis, and presentation. The thesis project is conducted under the supervision of a faculty committee and must meet professional publication standards. Students whose proposals are accepted for thesis research must take 672-67200 Individual Research - Thesis. Those who do not undertake a thesis must take a group research class and additional course work in administration (672-61000 and 672-67100), and pass a comprehensive examination developed by the faculty.

Major department requirements Credits

672-62000

Advanced Theory and Practice

3

672-63000

Preventive Health Care and Patient Education

3

672-63100

Consultation, Community, and Alternative Models

2

672-64000

Activity Group Process

3

672-65000

Pediatric Neurodevelopment Theory and Practice or

 

672-65100

Adult Neuroscience

3

672-67000

Research Methods

3

 

Total, major department requirements

17

Clinical Fieldwork Credits

672-60000

Clinical Fieldwork II - Children and Adolescents

6

672-69000

Clinical Fieldwork II - Adult and Geriatric

6

672-69500

Clinical Fieldwork II - Elective Specialty

4

 

Total, clinical fieldwork

16

Research

672-67200

Individual Research - Thesis (4) or

 

672-61000

Supervision in Occupational Therapy (2) and

 

672-67100

Group Research (2)

4

Total, research

4

Graduate elective
3 credits from the following:

672-64100

Diagnosis of Life Roles and Functional Adaptation (3)

 

672-64200

Advanced Concepts in Adapting Environments (3)

 

672-64300

Cognitive Rehabilitation (3)

 

672-64400

Technology in Occupational Therapy Intervention (3)

 

672-64500

Vocational Readiness (3)

 
 

Total, graduate elective

3

Specialty seminar
3 credits from the following:

672-68100

Advanced Concepts in Physical Disabilities (3)

 

672-68200

Advanced Concepts in Psychosocial Occupational Therapy (3)

 

672-68300

Advanced Concepts in Geriatric Rehabilitation (3)

 

672-68400

School-Based Occupational Therapy (3)

 

672-68500

Hand Therapy (3)

 
 

Total, specialty seminar

3

 

Total, M.S. in occupational therapy

43

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